For Immediate Release
October 26, 2023
Washington D.C. — Today, The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the Biden Administration’s call to allocate an additional $200 million to the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in the emergency supplemental appropriations package which is proposed to deliver aid to Israel, Ukraine, and other urgent needs.
NSGP grants are essential funding provided to Jewish synagogues, schools, and other institutions to bolster their security in the face of threats. Since Hamas’ murderous attack on Israel on October 7, American Jews have faced a tidal wave of antisemitic acts across the U.S.
Nathan Diament, Orthodox Union Executive Director for Public Policy, said:
“We appreciate the President’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s right to self-defense. And we applaud his clear statements repudiating antisemitism and his efforts to secure Jewish communities in the United States. The $200 million boost to the NSGP proposed by the President will tangibly help Jewish schools and synagogues secure their premises during this tumultuous time of increased antisemitic threats.”
Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Orthodox Union Executive Vice President, said:
“Throughout history, the Jewish people were rarely supported by national leaders in their struggles with antisemitism. At this difficult time, the steadfast support of Israel and Jewish Americans that President Biden, the administration, has demonstrated, and Congress is exceptional and encouraging.”